An Introduction To Breath Support For Oboists.

What is breath support/Air support? Recently, I had a brief interaction with a young oboist on the IDRS facebook page about feeling discomfort while playing the oboe. The conversation went into the topic of breath support and how to breathe properly into the oboe. I spend a lot of time thinking about this topic since…

oboe reeds for beginners

Oboe Reeds For Beginners. The oboe is often recognized as one of the most difficult instruments to play. Beginning oboe students are often intimidated by the reputation of the instrument. The oboe is a rather difficult instrument for several reasons, but the major difficulty is dealing with the oboe reed. The reed itself is constructed…

How to play dynamics on the oboe

So.. How do you play dynamics on the oboe anyway? Here are my thoughts. Building a large dynamic range on the oboe can be challenging for oboe students of all ages. Students must work smart and hard to create a large range of dynamics from ppp, to fff with a beautiful rich tone throughout the…